Eye Institute of West Florida is a sponsor of an outdoor concert on Sunday, April 6th. The fundraiser is to help the Belleair Recreational Center fund a new gymnasium for the kids in the community. Sunday’s concert will feature a Billy Joel/Elton John tribute band from 4PM to 8PM.
About the Eye Institute of West Florida. Dr. Stephen Weinstock #drstephenweinstock, affectionately called Dr. Steve, moved to Pinellas County in 1974 after completing his ophthalmology fellowship at Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He is joined by his lovely wife, Susan Weinstock. He is fortunate to have two sons who followed his footsteps in medicine: Dr. Eric Weinstock, a Tampa Bay area practicing psychiatrist and bariatric physician at Weight Wise Rx located here in Largo; and Dr. Robert Weinstock #drrobertweinstock, a leading cataract and LASIK surgeon at The Eye Institute and the Director of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Steve graduated from the beautiful campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA in 1963. While there he played basketball and took his team to the NCAA regional championship and won. After graduating from the Chicago Medical School in 1967 and completing an internship at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Dr. Steve passed his Florida State Boards for ophthalmology and became a Lieutenant Commander of US Public Health Service, military division. In 1970 he did a residency at the University of Kentucky – Dept. of Ophthalmology at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center before returning to Florida in 1973 to complete his fellowship at the well-respected Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. So it was in 1974 that Dr. Steve moved to Largo to begin laying the foundation for the future of subspecialty eye care in Pinellas County. He proudly hung his sign at 1401 West Bay Drive and began practicing.
At that time, there were only 3 retina specialists and 1 glaucoma specialist in the entire Tampa Bay area. As medicine began to evolve, so did treatment options as well as the advanced skills and knowledge required to perform newer surgical methods. Dr. Steve soon realized that in order to provide top quality eye care and keep up with the rapid changes in each area of eye disease that subspecialty care would be a necessity. In 1988 he was joined by his cousin, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, #drjeffreyschwartz a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist to whose care he transitioned his glaucoma patients into the practice. Fast forward to today and there is another glaucoma specialist, Dr. Kevin Greenidge, 2 retina specialists, Dr. Leonard Kirsch and Dr. Richard Hairston, 2 additional refractive cataract specialists, Dr. Robert Weinstock and Dr. Neel Desai, 1 oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer, two general ophthalmologists, Dr. Lewis Apter and Dr. Winston Cope, in addition to 5 optometric physicians, 1 physician assistant and a host of nurses, and certified technicians. With 250 employees and 3 Pinellas County locations, The Eye Institute of West Florida #eyeinstitiuteofwestflorida is considered one of the premier ophthalmology practices in the U.S.
Dr. Steve’s legacy can be traced to his very own service and devotion to his patients. As newer innovations came to market, he was quick to incorporate them into his practice. He was the first in Pinellas County to introduce office-based cataract surgery, excimer lasers, YAG lasers, and bi-manual phacoemulsification. The Eye Institute is the only facility in the world with 3 lasers designed specifically for the treatment of cataracts. Its surgical suites are outfitted with leading, state of the art OR innovations in order to produce more precise and better vision outcomes. Dr. Steve and his surgical team are able to compare real-time information taken during surgery with pre-surgical data to refine lens selection, lens placement and astigmatism correction for optimal vision results. It is his commitment to deliver the very best patient care available anywhere that serves as the cornerstone of the success of The Eye Institute.
When asked for his advice to anyone seeking eye care, Dr. Steve did not hesitate to answer, “Eyes give us the power to enjoy life to its fullest. It is important to see a doctor whose primary training is to treat each patient’s specific vision problem. Seeing a specialist ensures the very best possible outcome.”
Dr. Steve continues, “We are fortunate to have some of the world’s most talented doctors on our staff. They have been trained by some of the world’s most respected medical universities. The fact that all 8 specialists are fellowship-trained and under one roof, enables us to refer to any specialist as needed right in our office. Our ambulatory surgery center is certified by both AAAHC and Medicare for quality assurance. Additionally, The Eye Institute offers many FDA approved clinical trials that offer promise and hope for new ways to treat old problems. Patient do not have to travel to a major university or hospital to receive quality care. That care is here in their own back yard.”
You are welcome to join us for a public celebration commemorating Dr. Weinstock’s 40-year practice and The Eye Institute of West Florida on Saturday, May 3rd from 10AM to 2PM. Please RSVP to (727) 499-5274.
3 Pinellas County locations:
148 13th Street, Largo
3165 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
6133 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
Phone (727) 581-8706
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